The governor says Virginia must move 'aggressively' to ensure that state residents can benefit from interacting with government through the Internet
Virginia Gov. James Gilmore unveiled a broad plan this week to immerse the
state in electronic government.
The plan, which touches on everything from electronic procurement to digital
signatures to access opportunities for the underprivileged, is to be carried
out by a newly created Electronic Government Implementation Division, the
formation of which is also detailed in the executive order.
"Successful e-government will be achieved when all Virginia's citizens and
communities are efficiently using the tools of technology, especially the
Internet, to actively participate in their state government," Gilmore declared
in the order.
Highlights of the plan include:
* Electronic procurement: A request for proposals for a statewide system
will be issued with the goal of having it in place by March 1, 2001. An
educational program would follow to teach agencies, higher education institutions
and local governments how to use it. And Virginia's code would be examined
to make sure no barriers to electronic procurement would inhibit the process.
* Use technology for administrative tasks: Every agency should be thinking
about applying technology for things such as employee benefits, leave reporting
and accounting, travel planning, motor pool reservations and expense reporting.
* Digital signatures: Establish policies, practices, guidelines and standards
so that this security measure for verifying people's identity can be used
* Seat management: The state is set to have a contract in place by September
of this year to outsource the responsibilities for each state employee's
* Digital Divide: Address the disparity between those who have access to
technology and those who don't by establishing a task force of public and
private representatives to develop a plan. Also, establish a clearinghouse
for best practices for community groups and local governments to use as
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